Take the most effective pathway to the University of Sydney. The University of Sydney Foundation Program (USFP) is a rigorous, focused program. It provides you with the training you need to succeed at Australia's most prestigious university.
We offer a range of start dates and programs throughout the year to suit your timing, your academic level and your planned university degree. The combined educational expertise of both the University of Sydney and Taylors College has been employed to create this foundation program.
Once enrolled with the University of Sydney Foundation Program, you will receive a conditional offer to a degree at the University of Sydney. All students must study English A and English B during the Foundation Program. If your degree at the University has a University of Sydney prerequisite for Mathematics then you must study Mathematics during the Foundation Program.
Entry requirements for Taylors College Sydney
Taylors College has one over-riding Admissions Policy – we will only accept your application if your results indicate that you are able to pass the program.
Entry to the University of Sydney Foundation Program and High Achievers Preparation Program is for international students only. International students who are granted Australian permanent residency after accepting a place in the course may complete the USFP, but cannot be guaranteed entry to the University of Sydney under the conditions set down for international students.
COVID-19 English language requirements
To ensure your journey isn’t delayed, we are now accepting a wider range of English language tests along with our existing tests for entry to our courses.
New English tests accepted include:
University of Sydney Foundation Program
As a guide, applicants for the Intensive Foundation Program must have achieved superior grades in English and relevant academic subjects. Students applying for the Standard Foundation Program must have achieved at least average grades in English and relevant subjects. The Extended Foundation Program is designed for students who do not qualify for the Standard program, or who want to develop a more solid foundation in key subjects such as Mathematics or the Sciences. Forecast results are accepted where appropriate.
We are doing everything we can to make sure that your education isn’t impacted due to COVID-19. That’s why we will allow you to submit predicted or interim High School (or equivalent) results if your previous studies or academic qualifications have been impacted by COVID-19.
Because there is a chance your final official results won’t match the interim or predicted results when they become available, we have set slightly higher cut-offs for interim or predicted results should you wish to submit them to allow us to honour offers should your final official results not match the result submitted during COVID-19.
|COVID-19 English language requirements|
|Minimum English language entry requirements are as follows:|
|Course||Standard (39 wks)|
|IELTS Indicator||6(no band less than 5.5)|
|TOEFL iBTSpecial Home Edition||73(writing no less than 16)|
|Duolingo English test||Overall score of at least 95|
|English language entry requirements|
|Students are expected to test at the below scores at orientation.|
|Course||Intensive (39 wks)|
|IELTS (Academic)||6(no band less than 5.5)|
|TOEFL PB||534 (TWE 4)|
|TOEFL iBT||73(writing no less than 16)|
|PTE (Academic)||54(writing no less than 46)|
Number of study periods: 2
Study period 1:
Study period 2:
Total hours in class per week: 30
Keeping in mind the subjects recommended to you, you are then welcome to choose your elective subjects.
|Compulsory subjects||English A and B||All students|
|Compulsory subjects dependant on your degree||Mathematics for Business A & B||Depends on University of Sydney Bachelor degree requirements. Please note all Intensive program students must complete Mathematics A in their first study period regardless of degree choice.|
|Mathematics for Science A & B||Depends on University of Sydney Bachelor degree requirements. Please note all Intensive program students must complete Mathematics A in their first study period regardless of degree choice.|
|Music Core Theory A & B and Music Core Performance A & B (only available for January Standard and Extended August students)||Bachelor of Music students|
(entry dependant on audition)
|Foundations of Visual Arts and Design Core A & B|
(only available for January Standard and Extended August students)
Foundations of Visual Art and Design Elective A & B
|Bachelor of Visual Arts students (entry dependant on a portfolio|
|Elective subjects||Accounting A* & B|
Advanced Mathematics A* & B*
Australian Studies A* & B*
Biology A* & B*
Chemistry A* & B
Economics A* & B*
Foundations of Social Science A* & B
Foundations of Visual Art and Design Elective A* & B
Government and Law A* & B
Information Technology A* & B*
International Studies A* (Politics)
International Studies B* (Economics)
Mathematics (Business) A* & B
Mathematics (Science) A* & B
Media Studies and Communication A* & B
Music Elective A* & B
Physics A* & B*
|Choose 2-4 subjects (A and B) depending on compulsory subjects and using the Recommendations as a guide|
|Subject Minors||Subjects marked with a * can be taken as one semester long minor. Only 2 minors can be taken for each program.|
Note: Subjects offered are conditional on student numbers/preferences.